Tutorial for Concepts 073 – Fence Sitting
Using the Fence-Sitting Concept
Stanley sits on a fence and also displays the different postures to illustrate phases or struggles of making a decision or setting a direction. Use these conceptual illustrations alone or with other graphics.
There are two downloads: one PNG download that is only editable/tintable in PowerPoint 2007 and one completely editable download that contains a set of tone-on-tone illustrations and realistically colored illustrations. The PNG file is rather large and make take a few moments longer to download than other PowerFrameworks files.
The following tutorial is written primarily for the editable downloads, since the PNGs cannot be formatted other than applying a tint in PowerPoint 2007.
Customizing the Stanleys
Each of the two versions have the full series of Stanleys in the download. This assures that the sizing is exact and ready for your use. Remember, as with all groups of illustrations or graphics, if you need to resize, resize them all together as a group. Then ungroup and redistribute to their proper place in the presentation. This is important for the sake of continuity and consistency. Just delete any Stanleys that you don't need.
When using the fence, it's okay to have the edges of the fence fall off the active part of the slide. The edges won't be visible.
These fields can be colored like clipart. Applying color can sync the illustration to your template (hues of your template colors, as in the example above left) or you can make it look realistic (brown hair, blue eyes, etc., without regard to template color considerations, as in the example above right).
Colorizing illustrations may take a small time commitment. Be sure that you get all of the fields colored correctly – it is not a push-button operation. Be sure that the eyes are filled in so that they do not appear "dead." Eyebrows and button should be filled, they're easy to miss. Just be sure to view your colorized illustration at about 300% to be sure you got everything before you consider it final.
Other coloring options: make Stanley whoever you want. When you get the skin tone that you want, just be sure to use that some color – only a little darker hue – to create the outlines.
These types of illustrations do not benefit from effects formatting. You should stay away from these and stick to the line and fill colors only.
3D does not look good with illustrations.
Don't use shadows on this type of framework.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
You can use gradients to add a 3D effect. You may want to add a gradient to the hair (lighter on top and darker below) for added realism. Be careful about the range of the gradient, however. Too much variance will look bad.
You can make Stanley teeter on the fence if you wish. The animation should be very subtle, so it will not distract from the message you are conveying – just enough to add a little interest. Group the top half of Stanley and then apply clockwise-counterclockwise-clockwise spin animations at very low percentages.
As with all animations, use it to enhance the message, not to steal attention away from it.